Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud to have Tommy John surgery

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2018

D'Arnaud will miss the rest of the 2018 season as he recovers.

The Mets announced Friday that the catcher will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next week at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

The tear in d'Arnaud's right elbow was detected during an MRI exam on Wednesday. He spent the past couple of days weighing his treatment options.

Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has a broken left hand went on the disabled list as NY announced Travis d'Arnaud will have Tommy John surgery. The Mets said their doctors estimate Plawecki will be sidelined three to four weeks. Last season, he batted.244 with 16 homers and drove in 57 runs.

The most intriguing possibility: Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, a career.280/.322/.428 hitter who has averaged 15 homers and 68 RBIs in four Major League Baseball seasons.

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He still has number one receiver skills, and would be the best number two receiver in the league if he chose to do that. The Washington Redskins have the most salary cap space of any team in the NFC East and a glaring hole at receiver.

The New York Mets have called up catcher Jose Lobaton from Triple-A to start on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"I was just shocked when I heard the news", d'Arnaud said Thursday, via the Mets' official website.

He missed about two months in 2016 with a shoulder strain. This will be d'Arnaud'€™s seventh injury in his six-year career as he has been riddled with injuries.

Outfielder Brandon Nimmo also returns following a brief stay in Vegas, while right-hander Jacob Rhame was optioned to the 51s.

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